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How To Clean Laminate Flooring


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There are so many different floor types nowadays and with such a variety of ways to clean them it can be a little overwhelming and difficult to know which cleaning method to use.

We are big fans of laminate flooring and I personally enjoy nothing more than seeing my lounge floor shining again after it has been cleaned – but how do we keep them clean I hear you ask?

There are a number of ways you can clean your laminate to ensure it maintains its shine and is kept free from dirt and debris. But first let’s get into the logistics of laminate flooring for your home.

After having carpet for such a long time, I made the decision (after persuading my husband) to get laminate flooring for our lounge – and I can honestly say it’s one of the best things we ever did!

The flooring comes in packs of planks, with each plank slotting together to make a nice flat and sturdy surface.

Benefits of having laminate flooring

  • Easy to keep clean
  • Hardwearing and durable
  • Variety of styles and patterns to fit in with your décor
  • May be cheaper than other types of flooring
  • Maintenance is quite minimal

Whether you have got a busy household, you own pets, have children that love playing sports, or maybe you just like the easier life, then laminate is definitely worth investing in.

Considering you’ve got this far into our article though, we can only presume that you have already taken that step and now want maintenance advice for your flooring.

How often should I clean my laminate floor?

Depending on how dirty your floor actually is, you may need to give it a thorough clean a couple of times a month, along with some in between cleans during the week, this will be more than sufficient to keep your home clean.

A thorough clean may consist of a variety of methods, which we will get into shortly, and your in between cleans would be sweeping or vacuuming your floor.

So let’s take a look at some of the best and well known ways at keeping your flooring looking like new and most importantly find one that best suits your needs and capabilities.

Vacuuming your laminate floor

Most vacuums/hoovers these days have settings for hard floors and carpet, which means you can vacuum your laminate without worrying whether you will scratch it or leave any marks. Using this method will pick up any loose dirt, bits, and pet hair.

Because the laminate will be protected by the hard floor setting on your vacuum cleaner, you could do this daily if your floor requires it – this is ideal for owners of pets that moult or if you live in a household that sees muddy work boots walking in and out (I can sympathise with anyone that does!).

Brushing or sweeping your laminate floor

If you are a little worried about using your vacuum cleaner on your new floor or you own one that can only be used on softer areas, then sweeping is the next best thing.

It takes minimal effort to sweep or brush your floor too which is great to hear if you’re not particularly keen on the housework! Make sure the bristles on your brush are not too hard as this could leave scratches or marks, which defeats the object of your desired results.

There will always be bits of debris on your floor, as well as hair, fibres, fluff, and dust – this is inevitable and unless you live completely alone and never leave the house this will always be the case.

Thankfully because sweeping up is relatively easy and doesn’t take too much effort, you can do this daily if you so wish. Using a softer brush will protect your flooring while keeping it clean.

Using wipes to clean laminate flooring

There are a couple of ways that you can clean your laminate with wipes. Now keep in mind that we don’t mean any kind of wipes – for best results choose suitable floor wipes, which can be picked up at any local supermarket or bargain store.

Floor wipes tend to be a lot larger and thicker than your normal everyday anti-bacterial wipes, meaning they will not only pick up the dirt easier but will cover a bigger area too.

One method is to get on your hands and knees and clean the old-fashioned way – although I’m sure many of you are not huge fans of that option. It’s not so bad if you only have a little area to cover, but if your room is quite big then you’ll definitely get a good arm workout when you’ve finished!

Alternatively, you could opt for a flat mop that allows you to attach the wipe to the head. This is a great way to glide the wipe over your laminate without too much bending down or putting pressure on your knees.

Using wipes is a convenient way to keep your floors looking bright, smear free and lifting stains or footprints without having too much moisture coming into contact with it – because the laminate is joined together, if exposed to too much moisture or liquid the planks can warp or become discoloured over time.

Using a mop to clean laminate flooring

Above we stated the risks of getting your laminate too wet, so you’re probably wondering why we’d then suggest using a mop. Well put simply, it would most definitely have to be a damp mop.

Using a mop, combined with a solution that you can pick up from most shops, you will not only get your floors sparkling clean but you will be left with a fresh smelling room too.

Most floor cleaners are fragranced and using the directions on the bottle, you would simply mix with water to achieve the desired concentration. Ensuring the mop is only damp and not soaking wet your floors will look as good as new.

If you do find that you’re using too much water, make sure you dry it as soon as possible to avoid any harm coming to the floor. This can be done by using a microfibre cloth – they are soft enough to use on the laminate and will give your floor a lovely shine too.

Things to avoid using on your laminate flooring

We’ve given you some options to help with the maintenance of your floor, but it’s always good to know what not to use. Sometimes it is about trial and error, and if you do want to try different methods then we’d suggest testing them on an inconspicuous area in the first instance.

  • Harsh chemicals – these may discolour the floor
  • Too much water – warping and discolouration of the planks can occur
  • Hard bristled brushes – scratches and marks can be left after sweeping
  • Scouring pads or abrasive tools – these can cause scratches

Conclusion

Laminate flooring can be such a wonderful feature in your home, and it deserves to be well looked after.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our article on how to maintain the floor within your home so you can enjoy it for years to come.

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Meet our reviewer – Michelle Vernon

Michelle is one of the lead writers at Washing Check and also holds an editor role. She is a busy parent who understands the needs of daily domestic life and the challenges it can bring.

She genuinely loves cleaning products and equipment, which although is quite strange to many, is a blessing to us here at Washing Check.